10h15 – 11h30, Thursday 12th July 2018, ESOF 2018 Toulouse.
On March 4, 2018, Sergei Skripal – a former Russian military officer and British spy – and his daughter Yulia were poisoned in Salisbury, England. According to official UK sources, the poison was a Novichok nerve agent, a neurotoxicants developed in Russia about fifty years ago and their use leaves a business card at the crime scene. With over 70 million chemicals synthesised by chemists to date, is it possible to be more discreet in the 21st century?
A century after mustard gas was used as a weapon in WW1, the challenge of protecting against chemical and biological effects has evolved to meet the realities of the modern day war on terror, with experts using machine learning and AI to find, synthesise and test chemicals. Researchers from Europe and the US will discuss new platforms for finding novel toxic substances, and how mapping the chemical universe can help protect against bio weapons.
Aidan Gilligan (IRL):
Founder & CEO, SciCom – Making Sense of Science; Elected Member, EuroScience Governing Board; Vice-Chair, ESOF 2018 International Media & Marketing Committee.
|Speaker: Using machine learning and artificial intelligence to find alternative chemicals.
Thomas Hartung (DE):
Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of Konstanz, Germany & Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Dept. of Environmental Health Sciences & Molecular Microbiology and Immunology.
|Speaker: Using mini-brains to identify neurotoxicants.
David Pamies (CH):
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, MD JHSPH with expertise in Neuroscience, Biotechnology,Premier assistant, University of Lausanne.
|Speaker: Impact of emerging technologies on the chemical non-proliferation regime.
Elisande Nexon (FR):
Fondation pour la recherche strategique, France.